GameSpot has updated their recently added hands-on preview article with some more details about the opening segment of the game. The article focuses on the new combat system and is accompanied by three, very high quality screenshots, and can contain minor spoilers. Overall the author is very pleased with The Witcher 2, highlighting also the graphical details of the engine and the dark storyline of the game.
When we last saw the stoic Geralt of Rivia, he had been tasked with investigating the mysterious murder of a young man and its possible connection to a local succubus. Now we’ve returned to take on the role of the witcher, an ancient profession which excels at the study and extermination of supernatural creatures, and explore the initial areas of this third-person action role-playing game.
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Further into the battle, it looked as if victory was just within our grasp. That is, until the dragon showed up. Obviously, it was going to take more than a few fireballs and a steel sword to topple this beast so we decided to flee. After dodging and weaving around a few deadly cones of fire, we found ourselves in an all-out mad dash back across the castle walls with the fire-breathing beast hot on our heels. This cinematic sequence was accented with a few quick time events as we ducked and dodged out of the way of its attacks. Finally, we managed to lodge our rusty sword in the creature’s mouth and sent it packing, hopefully with a bad case of tetanus as well.